Friday, November 8, 2013
Free and Open to the Public
Doors open at 6:30pm
Film starts at 7:00pm
Followed by Q&A with survivor-activist Sanjay Verma, director Van Maximilian Carlson and producer Kirk Palayan
UCLA Law School, Room 1347
Bhopali is an award-winning 2011 documentary about the 1984 Bhopal, India gas disaster, the worst industrial disaster in history. The film depicts the ongoing suffering of survivors as well as their determination as they continue to fight for justice almost three decades later. The film will be followed by Q&A with survivor-activist Sanjay Verma, who is featured in the film, as well as director Van Maximilian Carlson and and producer Kirk Palayan.
On December 3rd, 1984, 40 tons of toxic methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a pesticide factory owned by US company Union Carbide in the North Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and inundated the city of Bhopal. Thousands were killed outright and tens of thousands were injured. To date, over 25,000 have died and over 500,000 have been affected, many from chronic conditions including respiratory illnesses, cancers and neurological diseases.
Bhopali portrays the lives of survivors of the disaster and their families in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory. Set against a backdrop of high stakes activism, global politics, and human rights advocacy, the film explores the ongoing campaign for justice in the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the disaster.
The screening is part of a national screening tour organized by theInternational Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, Amnesty International USA, and the Association for India’s Development. The screening will be held in partnership with South Asians for Justice (SAJ), the Environmental Law Society and Journal of Environmental Law & Policy at UCLA, the International Human Rights Law Association at UCLA and the AIF Young Professionals – Los Angeles Chapter.